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Jaswant exit has hurt Hill people: GJMM

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 20, 2009

SILIGURI, 19 AUG(The Statesman): Mr Jaswant Singh’s expulsion from the BJP would not harm the Gorkhaland issue, said the Darjeeling based Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) in reaction to the big political development taking place in the saffron camp earlier this morning.
However, the GJMM feels that “the people of Darjeeling are hurt” with the “unexpected development” as Mr Singh represents Darjeeling as a Lok Sabha MP.
In a bid to give the Gorkhaland demand a push, the GJMM was instrumental in the BJP stalwart’s candidature from Darjeeling in the April Lok Sabha polls and had in fact materialised his landslide victory by a margin of 2,53,289 votes. But now the GJMM says, the expulsion of Mr Jaswant Singh is “an internal matter of the BJP”.
“Our alliance is with the BJP and not with any individual leader. In fact, apart from our MP, Mr Singh, senior BJP leaders like Mrs Sushma Swaraj, Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy have also raised the Gorkhaland issue in Parliament.
Hence, Mr Singh’s expulsion from the BJP would not harm the Gorkhaland cause in any manner,” the GJMM general secretary, Mr Roshan Giri said this afternoon. Furhter adding, he said: “The people of Darjeeling are themselves hurt at the unexpected development within the BJP.” Whatever be the GJMM’s official stand, the Hill party is now certainly finding itself in a perplexed situation. The GJMM may harp on its tie-up with the BJP but when the saffron party has ousted the Darjeeling MP himself, who will take the Darjeeling issues to Delhi? Mr Jaswant Singh’s personal aide, Col Bhawani Singh however, claimed that the veteran MP would continue serving the Darjeeling constituency with “utmost care”.
“Mr Singh has opened two offices in Siliguri and Darjeeling to communicate with the people of his constituency. He and his aides would continue visiting Darjeeling to render the services,” Col Singh said over the phone from Delhi.

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